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Anna Juruc (Amiconi)

Tuesday, July 20th, 1926 - Saturday, February 22nd, 2020
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Ward Funeral Home Obituary for Anna Amiconi Juruc

It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved, funny and determined Anna Amiconi Juruc, who passed away with peacefulness and presence, with many family members surrounding her and near by on February 22, 2020 at the age of 93, in Mississauga, Ontario.

She was predeceased by her husband of 27 years, Michal Juruc, in 1979; her grandson Michal Lee Riptide Juruc in 2007; her companion of many years, Vittorio Nardi in 2016; and four of her seven siblings.

She will be greatly missed by her children, Irene (Frank) and Paul, and her four granddaughters, Renée (Joshua), Bianca (Colin), Samantha (Marek) and Katia. Loving and adoring Bisnonna (great-grandmother) to Maxence (Max) (10), Xavier (8), Quinn (7), Lucas (6), Kaia (4) and Maya (3) – as each one entered her life and visited her, even in her last days, her face lit up with joy.

Anna was born in Civitella del Tronto, Abruzzo, Italy on July 20, 1926, the fourth of seven surviving children, to Ezechiele and Giulia. It was her primary job to cook for all the sharecroppers who helped her family work and harvest their land. With a courageous spirit she immigrated to Canada in 1953 without knowing anyone here, after the hardships of the Second World War and the poverty of her upbringing. She was married, by proxy, before her arrival, to Michal, a Polish man, who had also lived through the war. They built a bustling and full life raising two children together, and were known for regularly hosting extended family gatherings and socializing with an extended community of Italian-Polish couples. Anna's gift for cooking fed everyone, including catering weddings for many years. She brought and housed many of her family members and friends from Italy to Canada, including her three youngest siblings, Ilda, Guido and Yolanda. Before and after her husband Michal passed, she was known to her neighbours as “the hub of the community” -- the person you could rely on to care for the children growing up in the area (many who stayed in touched with her as they grew up), and to produce food for you, including the best homemade pasta, lasagna (some say better than back in Italy!), tomato sauce, meatballs, sausage, cabbage rolls, focaccia, dolci (sweets, cookies, panettone and cakes) and much more . For many years of her life, her family called her Etobicoke home “the United Nations.” She housed new immigrants, foreign students and refugees, including one refugee woman from the Tiananmen Square uprising in China. Many of these tenants joined Anna's family for her legendary Christmas Eve (La Vigilia) traditional Italian seafood meals.

She was the matriarch of an extended family and her love, friendship and incredible cooking will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by everyone who knew her.

Family and friends will be received at the Ward Funeral Home, 2035 Weston Rd, Toronto M9N 1X7, on Wednesday, February 26th from 2-4 pm and 6-9 pm. A funeral mass will be held on Thursday, February 27th at 9:30 am at All Saints Roman Catholic Church, 1415 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9P 3A7. Interment to follow at Assumption Catholic Cemetery, 6933 Tomken Rd, Mississauga, ON L5T 1N4.

The family would like to thank all the staff, nurse managers, nurses, personal support workers and residents at the Villa Forum Long Term Care Residence in Mississauga for all their support, loving care and friendship. Donations in Anna's memory are welcome to the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation and the CAMH Foundation.
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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Ward Funeral Home "Weston Room"
    2035 Weston Road
    WESTON, ON M9N 1X7
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  • Second Visitation

    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Wednesday, February 26th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Ward Funeral Home "Weston Room"
    2035 Weston Road
    WESTON, ON M9N 1X7
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  • Service

    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 9:30am
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 9:30am
    All Saints Roman Catholic Church
    1415 Royal York Road
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  • Interment

    Assumption Cemetery
    6933 Tomken Road
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Private Condolence

Michael Cartan

Posted at 07:15pm
Dear Irene and Family,

Although we are currently away and cannot share this sad time with you, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. We offer our deepest condolences on the recent passing of your mother.

Her life story captures the vibrant energy and capacity for love which must have brought joy to everyone around her. Certainly traits which have been passed on to you.

With deepest respect,

Mai-Reet, Michael, and Aivar.

Rosa DiProspero

Posted at 03:38pm
Irene and family, My deepest condolences on the passing of your mother. Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Rosa Di Prospero

Giulia Bowles

Posted at 08:25pm
Mrs. Mercuri,
We want to send our deepest condolences for the passing of your mother. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
~ Sandro and Giulia Mura

Patricia and Frank Greco

Posted at 10:01am
Dear Paul,
I was sorry to read in this morning's paper of the passing of your dear Mama. I remember the wonderful stories you told of her and I personally understand that the pain of losing your Mom leaves a gaping hole in your heart no matter how old you are. Please accept heartfelt condolences to you and your whole family from our Greco family.
Tricia Greco

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